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Celebrate Powell Street Festival’s 35th Anniversary!
Vancouver’s oldest community-based festival, Powell Street Festival is celebrating its anniversary on June 15 at Performance Works in Granville Island. In 1977, the first Powell Street Festival was held in Oppenheimer Park on Powell Street, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, which was once the city’s Japantown. Since then, the Festival has continued annually through the perseverance and support of tons of volunteers and long-term community supporters. To stay strong and innovative for another 35 years, we are hosting “KANPAI!” (cheers!), a fundraiser featuring square dancing with Shout! White Dragon, MC-ing and songs by Jay Kin, a live and silent auction, cash bar and Japanese appetizers. No dancing experience required!
May 27 – October 1, 2011
Opening night: Friday, May 27, 7-9pm
The Japanese Canadian National Museum, Second Floor
“Pow! the art of the festival is a journey through the poster art that advertises and celebrates the Powell Street Festival. Through this exhibit, we celebrate thirty-five years of Festival creativity, prosperity and community spirit. Like the Festival itself, the posters have matured – from scrappy upstarts to polished creations. Many posters designers have gone on to become important artists in the community including Tamio Wakayama, Kaori Kasai, Lotus Miyashita, Lynda Nakashima and Kathy Shimizu.” – JCNM
The Powell Street Festival Society and Pacific Cinematheque presents…
Kibatsu Cinema: Celebrating eccentricity, pop culture and contemporary Japanese film
“The Powell Street Festival Society and Pacific Cinémathèque are pleased to present the third edition of “Kibatsu Cinema,” a celebration of the odd and the eccentric in Japanese pop culture and contemporary Japanese film.”
“Powell Street was the pre-war business centre of the Japanese community in Vancouver. The vibrant street was filled with busy vegetable and fish markets, taxis, bustling cafés, boarding houses, traditional bath houses and special Japanese food stores. Regular baseball games were played by the Asahi ball team in Oppenheimer Park. We invite you to discover the many monogatari of Powell Street.” – JCNM
Saturday, June 4th at 6 pm
$100/ticket, all proceeds benefit the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts
Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts will be hosting a fundraising dinner in the generously donated home of one of our supporters. There will be an incredible and delicious menu prepared by a local gourmet chef. There will also be a musical performance and presentations about the Downtown Eastside Centre fo the Arts.
Event details HERE.